ENGAGING IS NOT HIRING

So, 18 corporations band together to engage, not hire an average of 5,556 young people each over the next three years. Lots of public relations bells and whistles, not a lot of even marginal substance. Big Whoop.
More than a dozen leading, U.S.-based companies today announced the formation of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, which has the goal of being the nation’s largest employer-led coalition committed to creating pathways to meaningful employment for America’s young people. The coalition has the collective goal of engaging at least 100,000 Opportunity Youth---16-24 year olds who face systemic barriers to jobs and education---by 2018 through apprenticeships, internships, training programs, and both part-time and full-time jobs. Additionally, the coalition will leverage existing collaborative efforts on the ground in a handful of cities to partner in building these pathways. The founding companies include Alaska Airlines, Cintas, CVS Health, Hilton Worldwide, HMSHost, JCPenney, JPMorgan Chase, Lyft, Macy’s, Microsoft, Porch.com, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Starbucks, Taco Bell, Target, Walgreens and Walmart.
Of the activities listed---apprenticeships, internships, training programs, and both part-time and full-time jobs---only the last two involve actual paychecks and I have to wonder how close to a living wage a full-time job at any of these companies comes. Finally, if anyone thinks that any of these companies intends to create a new job, or hire a person to fill an existing job that they didn't plan for prior to the creation of the initiative, then they have another think coming. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

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